Breaking from the New York Times this morning:
Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief
Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.
In addition, criminal prosecutors are investigating a group of offshore shell companies that helped members of Mr. Yanukovych’s inner circle finance their lavish lifestyles, including a palatial presidential residence with a private zoo, golf course and tennis court. Among the hundreds of murky transactions these companies engaged in was an $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable television assets to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin.
When combined with:
-The changes on Ukraine that Manafort demanded in the RNC platform, and;
-The remarkable, repeated and consummate efforts by Trump to encourage and collaborate with Putin--to the point of inviting Putin to hack his opponent;
It is fundamentally and completely disqualifying.
The typical Trumpian levels of exploitation, coercion, and graft have already begun--before even holding office.
Trump must not and cannot ever be President of the United States.